Peter Botsman Award 2012

Dr Anita Jetnikoff 

Anita Jetnikoff has been and continues to be an exceptional and inspirational educator in primary, secondary and tertiary contexts in North Queensland and, more recently, in Brisbane, where she is currently a Senior Lecturer at the Queensland University of Technology in the Faculty of Education.

Anita holds an Honours degree in English literature, a Bachelor of Education and a PhD from James Cook University.  However, these statements of fact do not encapsulate her illustrious career, the contributions she has made to English teaching in Queensland in the fields of teaching and research, and her service to the profession.

Her years as a student provide some insight into both Anita’s intellectual interests and her view of what roles education might have in people’s lives: her love of literature in her Honours thesis on Piers Plowman; her commitment to social justice in her work on critical literacy in her post-graduate degree in Education and in her PhD research into first generation bi-cultural boys and their literacy needs.

Anita’s vision of teaching is one of a ‘learning ‘exchange’ in which ‘teachers and students [each] bring something valuable to the table’.  From her earliest years as a teacher, students have commented on Anita’s enthusiasm for her subject, her high expectations, her kindness, and her creative and stimulating lessons. One of her current QUT students, Emily Jarrett, describes her as ‘extremely passionate about her work... [with] that gift that allows her to pass that passion on to her students.’  Anita’s zest for learning is evident not only in her teaching but in her support of quality student work which she celebrates, taking every opportunity to share it with wider audiences.

Her wide range of publications such as The bard and the web: using vodcasting to enhance the teaching of Shakespeare to pre-service English teachers and Using media technologies in English  speak of a deep ongoing interest in contemporary multi-literacies and their power to engage students.  A sought-after presenter at professional development forums, Anita has been a keynote speaker at state and national conferences, including those for ETAQ and AATE.  In these contexts her ability to inspire and articulate current practice, particularly in relation to implementing digital media texts in the classroom, has been outstanding.

Further service to the profession includes Anita’s membership as tertiary representative on the Queensland Studies Authority State Review Panel for Senior English and as a member of the writing team for the 2010 Senior English syllabus.

First and foremost a passionate teacher of English, Dr Anita Jetnikoff is a most worthy recipient of one of the Peter Botsman Awards for 2012.

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"Double, double toil and trouble": Creative Writing and Macbeth Professional Development Workshops
Dr Emma Maguire and Dr Claire Hansen

In this double workshop PD session, join Dr Emma Maguire for a one-hour workshop on creative writing, and Dr Claire Hansen for a one-hour session on teaching Macbeth. Discover the essential e...

Category:   Workshop
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 25th July 2020
Venue:   Online
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Diving Deep into External Assessment

Student (and teacher) event: Diving Deep into the Analytical Essay Pre-recorded materials open to registered participants from 3pm,  with live discussion in half hour blocks from 4pm - 5:30pm. Live discussions will primarily relate to Writing the Analytical Essay, but students will be free to ask questions about their selected texts....

Category:   Student (and teacher) Event
Start Time:   3:00 PM
Date:   Wednesday 9th September 2020
Venue:   Online
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Diving Deep into the Analytical Essay for teachers

The Teacher workshop  Pre-recorded workshop open to registered participants, with live discussion from 11am - 12pm.
Final Preparation for the EA will explore: the advice provided in Writing the Analytical Essay; giving quality formative feedback to students; trouble-shooting common problems.
After the event: The pre-recorded teac...

Category:   Workshop
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 12th September 2020
Venue:   Online
Phone Enquiries:   0455464000


SCCC Resource sharing

Andrew Snee and the Senior English staff at  Southern Cross Catholic College would like to share some of the teaching strategies and modelling/scaffolding resources that have been implemented and devised for the demands of general English. From analysing representations of prejudice and alienation in literary texts to creating engaging im...

Category:   Seminar
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 17th October 2020
Venue:   Southern Cross Catholic College


Early Career Conference 2020: Diving Deep into Teaching

This event for teachers in their first firve years of teaching and those who are new to the teaching of English will submerge you in a new, colourful, and enchanting world where you can engage with your peers. it is also a 'not to be missed' event for preservice teachers.  This event will be re-scheduled for term 4 ...

Category:   Seminar
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 24th October 2020
Venue:   Griffith University, Mt Gravatt campus
Venue Address:   176 Messines Ridge Rd, Mount Gravatt QLD 4122


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